US Premier Date: TBD
When Fear The Walking Dead hits TV screens this summer, look forward to plenty of zombies, affectionately known as “Walkers,” but just don’t expect to learn the causes of the apocalypse that has caused the dead to walk.
Producer Robert Kirkman – who created the comic series upon which the original show is based – has never wanted to explore the virus’ cause and origins. And in a recent interview with Vulture, Kirkman, who will also be producing the new series, says it’s not even important to the overall storyline.
Set in Los Angeles, the show revisits the time period when Sherrif Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) lay in a coma back in season one, highlights the events that Grimes missed – namely massive civil unrest and the subsequent fall of civilisation – and concentrates on Madison (Kim Dickens) and Travis (Cliff Curtis) – two schoolteachers / lovers who have recently moved in together.
Alicia Debnam Carey and Frank Delane play Alicia and Nick, Madison’s children from a previous marriage, while Lorenzo James Henrie portrays Chris – Travis’ son from his first go-around.
By setting all the countless struggles, that emerge from the family dynamic, against the end of the world, Kirkman, in his interview with Vulture, says there is an opportunity for things to become very interesting. Though he believes that other cable shows frequently show the breakdown in relationships, the producer insists that the couple in this series back each other up, respect each other and love each other.
Kirkman also promises that Fear The Walking Dead, when it comes to character and storyline, will look and feel completely separate from its predecessor. That extends into the technical world too. The Walking Dead is shot on 16mm film, but the new series is to be filmed digitally.
As for the zombies themselves, they’ll appear considerably less decayed and monstrous than their counterparts in The Walking Dead – a look which Kirkman believes is especially startling. Such an approach, he hopes, will contribute plenty of suspense and thrills to an aura of psychological drama and paranoia.
Stars: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alicia Debnam Carey, Frank Delane and Lorenzo James Henrie
Producers: Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert
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